Posts tagged politics
Posts tagged politics
How I feel when people say that the deal with Iran today was meant to distract from Obamacare…even though the groundwork for the deal has been in the works for a year.
Hero Congressman Informs Colleagues That They’re Less Popular Than Dog Poop…Literally, They Are!
When it comes to confronting its own historically low approval ratings, Congress is less of head-on type than a head-up-its-own-ass type.
That’s what Rep. Alan Grayson (D-FL) discovered yesterday when he tried to assert privilege under Rule IX [pdf] in order to introduce a resolution declaring the government shutdown a “mark upon the dignity of the House.”
To make his case, Grayson referred to the results of a recently released Public Policy Polling survey which found that Congress was less popular than a whole host of highly unappealing things such as cockroaches, toenail fungus, and hemorrhoids.
"What do you have a higher opinion of, Congress or witches? Congress, 32 percent; witches, 46 percent," Grayson said, citing the poll. “What do you have a higher opinion of, Congress or hemorrhoids? Congress, 31 percent; hemorrhoids, 53 percent. What do you have a higher opinion of, Congress or dog poop? Congress 40 percent; dog poop 47 percent.”
As Grayson’s excoriation of Congress grew longer, Speaker pro tempore Steve Womack’s (R-AR) fuse grew shorter.
After Womack repeatedly tried to get Grayson to “stay germane” or wrap it up, the latter relented, launching into a condemnation for the ages:
If dignity means what is the dictionary says it means—the state or quality of being worthy of honor or respect—then surely the honor and worthy of honor or respect of this house has been called into question. When only seven out of 100 Americans approve of what we do, the lowest approval rating ever, then surely our dignity has been diminished and is actively being called into question. If we are to be called obstructionists, practicers of partisan petulance, if we are called an establishment that is rotten to the core, if we are leaving Americans wondering why there is so much poison in the system, then surely our dignity as a body has been diminished. If we’re accused of willingly provoking crises that suspend public services and decrease economic growth, then surely our dignity as a body has been diminished. If we cause international media outlets to refer to us as politically bankrupt and responsible for breaking America’s dignity, as a body, as a House, is being called into question—
And that’s when Womack decided he couldn’t handle the truth any longer, and gaveled Grayson out.
"The chair has heard enough," Womack said, brushing off Grayson’s protestations.
The resolution was unsurprisingly deemed not privileged, and Grayson didn’t get his vote, but the fact that Congress is less popular than dog poop is now forever in the Congressional record.
[video above via Mediaite]
The record stands.
Rachel Maddow, 9/30/13 (via alexaaact)
Rachel took me to church tonight. That is why I am always here for her. She was my safe haven when all this shit went down. She pulled no punches and told it how it was and is and how it will be. Still can’t believe this is happening doe. Damnit!!!!
A cliff is a sheer faced embankment of considerable height.
A fiscal cliff is a man made metaphor to describe the after effects of failing to meet man made deadlines to solve a man made problem.
The difference can be easily explained:
If you fall off a real, naturally occurring cliff, the…
President Barack Obama openly weeping as he talks to campaign volunteers [x]
This little candid speech was so powerful. You can tell, from the bottom of his heart, he believes in what we’re doing, and what we can accomplish together, and that someday when he’s no longer president - how possible it is that he might have the honor to cast his vote for someone who was listening in that room that night.
This is the man that I credit with keeping me sane through the whole mess.
The following are expected to pass tonight:
- Colorado will legalize marijuana
- Florida will not limit Obamacare in their state
- Florida will continue public funds for abortion
- Maine will allow same sex marriage
- Maryland will allow same sex marriage
- Massachusetts will allow medical marijuana
- Minnesota will not ban same sex marriage
- Washington will allow same sex marriage
- Washington will legalize marijuana
Smells like Freedom
I’m so proud of my sister state Maryland. Fuck yeah progressives!!!!!! <3
if nothing else, we should all be pretty sympathetic to both Romney and Obama today. They are just flat exhausted. It’s a ridiculous thing we do to presidential candidates, and they’re unspeakably tired. Now, after years of striving, one of them is going to lose. As a human being you have to feel for them.
Now, go vote and crush one of their souls …
Or some such shit.
Of that, 8.9 million of them are Americans.
Of that, 99.99% are for Obama.
Of that, half are old enough to vote: 4.4 million.
Of that, 1 million will actually vote: Tumblr is very fashion-driven and Obama is “in”. He’s the cool, chunky shoes everybody’s wearing (and thus…